Mom charged in starved girl's death pleads no contest

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 1:56 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 1:55 PM


            FILE – This undated booking photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Cincinnati shows Andrea Bradley, the mother of Glenara Bates, a 2-year-old Ohio girl who died March 29, 2015, after she was starved and beaten. Bradley pleaded no contest to murder and child endangering charges Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Cincinnati. The girl's father, Glen Bates, was convicted of aggravated murder in 2016, and sentenced to death. (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
FILE – This undated booking photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Cincinnati shows Andrea Bradley, the mother of Glenara Bates, a 2-year-old Ohio girl who died March 29, 2015, after she was starved and beaten. Bradley pleaded no contest to murder and child endangering charges Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Cincinnati. The girl's father, Glen Bates, was convicted of aggravated murder in 2016, and sentenced to death. (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

The mother of a 2-year-old Ohio girl who was starved and beaten to death pleaded no contest to murder and child endangering charges on Wednesday.

Andrea Bradley, 31, entered the plea in a Hamilton County courtroom in Cincinnati. Bradley and her boyfriend were both charged in the March 29, 2015, death of their daughter, Glenara Bates.

County prosecutors said the child had belt and bite marks, bruises, missing teeth, broken ribs, head trauma and other injuries. She weighed only 13 pounds when she died.

Bradley's attorney, William Welsh, said that she is "definitely remorseful" and that the "long, enduring case has had lasting emotional effects on her."

The Cincinnati woman also had been charged with aggravated murder. She turned down a plea deal in 2016 that would have removed the death penalty if she had been convicted of that charge. A judge later ruled that Bradley was not eligible for the death penalty even if convicted of aggravated murder, after a psychologist's report found that Bradley is intellectually disabled. The U.S. Supreme Court has found that executing people with intellectual disabilities violates the U.S. Constitution

Bradley could get 23 years to life in prison at her Jan. 24 sentencing.

The child's father, Glen Bates, was convicted of aggravated murder in 2016 and sentenced to death.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters had said in a statement announcing the indictments of Bradley and Bates in April 2015 that Glenara's injuries were inflicted over an extended period of time.

"The abuse this baby suffered is beyond belief," he said.

Greene County voters to decide on new tax requests, commissioner’s race

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

Susan Lopez, Director of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center.
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Susan Lopez, Director of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center.(handout)

Voters in Greene County may see some new names for the commissioners race this year, and at least two communities and one school district will be asked to approve tax issues.

Greene County Commissioner Alan Anderson is up for re-election and has already submitted his petitions for approval by the elections board, according to Greene County Board of Elections Director Llyn McCoy. Anderson, a Republican, is currently serving his third term on the county board of commissioners. 

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Susan Lopez, director at the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center, has announced she will challenge Anderson for the seat. Lopez and Luke Steven Bujenovic, both Democrats, have pulled petitions and each will be working to collect and submit at least 50 valid signatures by Feb. 7 in order to appear on the May primary ballot, according to McCoy.

Alan Anderson, Greene County Commissioner.(Chris Stewart/Chris Stewart)

  

Yellow Springs Schools Board of Education approved a resolution Tuesday morning to seek a new tax levy and an income tax increase to pay for a new school building for students in grades 7-12.  

The 4.7-mill levy will pay for a $12.7 million bond issue over 37 years, costing property owners about $164 annually per $100,000 in property value, according to Yellow Springs Schools Treasurer Dawn Bennett.  

Voters in Yellow Springs will also see a request for a .25 percent income tax to pay for the rest of the capital project, generating an estimated $18.5 million, Bennett said.  

Bellbrook City Council approved a resolution Monday to place a 1.75-mill levy on the May ballot. 

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The new tax request is a reduction of the 3-mill levy that voters narrowly rejected in November. City Manager Mark Schlagheck said council opted to just ask voters to fund one new firefighter position and not ask for approval of a new police officer position and other general improvements. 

“We need to add staffing to the fire department to provide the best service we can for our residents,” Schlagheck said. 

The new tax request would generate $313,000 a year for Bellbrook at an annual cost to property owners of $61 per $100,000 in property value. 

In Beavercreek, council is considering a resolution to ask voters to approve a continuous police levy in November, according to City Manager Pete Landrum. 

Commission candidates affiliated with a party who are interested in running for office must file petitions with the elections board by Feb. 7. Independent candidates must file petitions by May 7.

For the May election, voters need to be registered by April 9 and early voting begins April 10.

Boil advisory lifted in Troy

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:21 AM

UPDATE @ 4:16 p.m. (Jan. 23):

The boil advisory in Troy has been lifted and the water system has returned to normal.

INITIAL REPORT:

A boil advisory has been issued for part of Troy along South Peters Road and South County Road 25-A, according to the Miami County Sanitary Engineering Department.

The alert issued Monday includes the following subdivisions:

  • Creekwood, Stone Circle, Merrimont, Broken Woods, Broken Woods Village, Cedar Ridge, Home Acres, Swailes Road east of Peters Road and Meadowview

According to the department, the advisory was put into place at 8:25 a.m. due to a depressurization of the water distribution main on Peters Road. The issue occurred due to a valve closing error.

Residents impacted must boil their water for at least two minutes or use bottled water for drinking, cooking or human consumption, the county said.

The alert will be in place for at least 24-48 hours.

Water samples are currently being analyzed for purity, the county said.

2 injured while breaking up Springfield dog fight

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

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JEFF GUERINI / STAFF

Two people were transported to a local hospital after being bit by dogs while attempted to break up a fight between two dogs Tuesday. 

Officers responded to the 300 block of East College Avenue around 12:45 p.m. 

According to investigators, a person was walking a dog in the area, when the dog began to charge toward another dog on a property in the area. 

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The two dogs began fighting and while trying to break up the fight the people involved were injured, authorities said. 

The victims' conditions were not immediately known. 

Animal control was called to the scene, but the status of the dogs involved was not immediately known.

DASH CAM: Dancing Dayton cop arrested on suspicion of OVI

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

DASH CAM: Dayton officer pulled over, arrested for DUI. The 2010 CJ grad became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media.

UPDATE @ 2:59 p.m. (Jan. 23):

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released dash cam video Tuesday that shows the questioning and arrest of Dayton police officer Jermar Rayford for suspicion of OVI in Fairborn on Jan. 12.

In the video, Rayford denies having consumed any alcohol prior to the traffic stop for speeding.

“I’m a Dayton police officer...I’m not going to jeopardize my career,” Rayford tells troopers.  “I ain’t been drinking though.”

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The trooper told Rayford he smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle, which Rayford said was a rental car.

“There ain’t nothing to it bro,” Rayford said.

Rayford declined to take a breathalyzer test on the scene after being asked multiple times if he would be willing to and was taken into custody.

“I don’t have to do a breath test,” Rayford said.  “This is so beyond crazy.” 

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Jan. 19):

Dayton police said Jermar Rayford “is currently on restricted duty pending the outcome of an OVI case in Greene County. The Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is also conducting an independent administrative investigation into the matter,” following a traffic stop, where he was cited for OVI.

The department’s statement comes after this news agency requested a status on his employment with the department following the Jan. 12 incident.

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Rayford garnered national attention and also was given credit for helping improve police and community relations after dancing during a community festival in the Oregon District.  Videos of his dance moves were shared across social media.

INITIAL REPORT:

Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12. 

According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek. 

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He was driving 69 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the court document, and refused a blood alcohol test. 

Rayford was summoned into court on Tuesday morning. 

He is the police officer who performed the Superman in 2015 while dancing to Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) at the Taste of All Things Oregon.

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The 2010 Chaminade Julienne graduate became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media. 

Rayford also gained local attention in July 2016 when he posted a video to social media, offering an emotional plea to the Dayton community focused toward police-community relations.

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At the time, he said he posted the video in reaction to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were killed by police. The video surfaced hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed.

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